Caldwell: Crowd influenced ref

Captain Antolin Alcaraz was dismissed for a second bookable offence
after half-time – striker Hugo Rodallega also saw red two minutes
later – while Charles N’Zogbia was denied what the Latics felt was
a clear penalty with the score still goalless. “I wasn’t even
worried he might go off for the [second] challenge, to be honest,”
said Caldwell of Alcaraz’s dismissal after a tackle on Darren
Fletcher. “There were tackles flying in from their side – and I
know I’m biased – that weren’t getting punished, and could possibly
have been bookings. “But I thought it was an honest challenge from
Antolin to get the ball, and although it was a certain foul on
Fletch, which we accept, I just felt the referee could have shown a
bit of leniency. “Maybe the pressure from the crowd and whatever
meant he sent him off.” Caldwell told the Wigan Evening Post: “I
also thought it was a stonewall penalty and I’m certain that if it
had been a Manchester United player it would have been a penalty.
“I said that to the referee at half-time, and he said he felt that
Charlie went down far too easily. “My argument was why would he go
down when he was in such a strong position. “It was such a big
decision that had a bearing on the game, because they got their
first goal within a couple of minutes and all of a sudden we’re 1-0
down at half-time.”